Wicker, Hyde-Smith support measure to prevent women from being forced to register for draft | Mississippi politics and news

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To miss. Senators oppose the requirement for women between the ages of 18 and 25 to enroll in the Selective Service System.

This week, US Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith signed a amendment to FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would remove a provision from HR.4350 requiring women aged 18-25 to register for the Selective Service System.

The Senate Armed Services Commission’s 2022 Defense Policy Bill contains a provision that would require women to register for the draft, known as the Selective Service System. As it is now written, Selective Service Act it specifically refers to “male persons” in stating who should register and who would be drafted.

“I appreciate women who volunteer to serve in the military and sacrifice themselves every day for the freedom of our country, but forcing them into service by law is wrong,” said Senator Wicker. “I along with millions of other Americans cannot support the idea that our daughters and grandchildren would be forced to fight in our next military conflict against their will.”

“I have great admiration for women serving in our military and every opportunity to serve should be available to women. However, I see no compelling reason to expand the selective service system, ”said Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

US Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced the amendment stating that “it is wrong to force daughters, mothers, wives and sisters to fight our wars.”

“Our country is extremely grateful for the courageous women who have volunteered to serve our country with and alongside our fighting forces,” Senator Hawley said. “They have played a vital role in defending America at every moment in our nation’s history. But volunteering for military service is not the same as being forced, and no woman should be forced to do so. “

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